Northern Dwarf Tree Frog – a little beauty

Northern Dwarf Tree Frog – a little beauty

This tiny frog grows up to 3 cm, and it’s very hard to spot it. I had to look under the pandanus leaves to discover one!  Northern Dwarf Tree Frog is typically found in wet areas of northern Australia. Interestingly, juveniles are brown and more green colour appears as they grow bigger. Where spotted:  Lorella…

Monkey Mia – unique bottlenose dolphin paradise

Monkey Mia – unique bottlenose dolphin paradise

Next day we drove through the flat, monotonous landscape to our next destination – Denham and Monkey Mia.  While driving 350 km to Denham, we missed trees again as it was only grass and more grass around us. The landscape only changed and became more interesting after we entered the Francois Peron Peninsula.  In general the…

Fruit bats – excellent vision pollinators

Fruit bats – excellent vision pollinators

Fruit bats are also known as flying foxes. Those nomadic animals like the northern parts of Australia, but they also live in Victoria, NSW and South Australia.  We often see them during our trips. Yes, they smell. We often know they are close without seeing them due to their natural stinky odour. However, we also…

Kookaburra – cheeky laughing bird

Kookaburra – cheeky laughing bird

How did we encounter Kookaburra first time? It was our first night camping. All was new and unknown. We went to sleep and wake up early in the morning because there was a laughing bird sound next to our tent. When I heard it for the first time I thought it was a hyena. My…

Glossy Ibis – graceful vocal glider

Glossy Ibis – graceful vocal glider

Glossy Ibis likes wetlands and floodplains. There are 3 types of Ibises in Australia (Glossy, Straw-necked and White), but the Glossy Ibis is my favourite. Maybe because of its colours? From the distance, this bird looks black, but if you look closer green-and-purple gloss is clearly visible in the right light.  Ibises are also known…

Infamous Australian Saltwater Crocodile (Saltie)

Infamous Australian Saltwater Crocodile (Saltie)

Saltwater crocodiles, also known as ‘salties’ or estuarine crocodiles, are the world’s largest living reptiles. Saltwater crocodiles, which can grow up to 7 meters are common in northern Australia.  Female crocodiles are significantly smaller than males and on the average reach around 3 meters. Salties are ‘living fossils’ because they didn’t change for 100 million…

Stunning 5 Rivers Lookout in Wyndham

Stunning 5 Rivers Lookout in Wyndham

The road to Wyndham meandered through the mountains. There were no lanes to overtake slower vehicles, and sometimes we trailed for miles, waiting for a long stretch of straight route. The Grotto Just before Wyndham we stopped at The Grotto that is located 20 km from the town. The Grotto is a set of small canyons filled…

Australian Buffalo – unwanted resident of Northern Territory

Australian Buffalo – unwanted resident of Northern Territory

Australian buffalo were imported into Australia in the 19th century. They were used as working animals and sources of meat for the remote northern outposts. Life was difficult and lots of these places were abandoned. When that happened the Australian buffalo were released and became feral. The feral Australian buffalo has been a major environmental…

Whistling Kite – clear whistle hunting bird

Whistling Kite – clear whistle hunting bird

Whistling kite is a very vocal bird, it can whistle in flight or while perched on a branch. Pairs constantly call to each other. They are graceful gliders often flying low searching for live or dead prey. They sometimes take fish from the surface of the water. They also catch reptiles, insects, and small mammals….

Black Necked Stork – the majestic wetland bird

Black Necked Stork – the majestic wetland bird

Better known as Jabiru. This bird is tall, with crimson long legs. Its black neck has a beautiful dark green sheen and the female eye has an attractive amber colour. Jabiru has a long, strong beak, which uses to hunt snakes, frogs, turtles and fish in the north Australian wetlands. This bird is a common…